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In all of history there has been one figure that has been condemned as the ultimate traitor, his name is Judas Iscariot. Judas is best known as the man who betrayed Jesus, having him brutally murdered on the cross, and because of this his soul was condemned to hell forever. Though, if the situation is to be reevaluated Judas’s treachery could also be seen as an act of grace, it is because Judas deceived Jesus the entire world is saved. Without Judas in the equation there would be no way for mankind to enter heaven. If Judas can be forgiven for betraying Jesus then one of the main truths that the Church was built on has to change. By looking at this story in a different light it can be seen that Judas is humanities real savior and with his redemption the Church looks like a less credible leader.
To understand the magnitude of what Judas did it is important to realize how close he was to Jesus. Judas was chosen to be one of the twelve apostles, these were the men Jesus called on to perform miracles with him and be in close relations, in fact with the newly discovered Gospel of Judas it is written that Judas was Jesus’s favorite apostle. Judas is mention in all four gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John and each one of them call him “the betrayer” when they first mention him. He served as treasurer for the apostles, which meant he carried the moneybag. John says that he was also dishonest and that he often stole money out of the bag whenever he wanted it. The next time Judas is mentioned is in the upper room at the Last Supper when Jesus tells his disciples that one of them is going to betray him. One of the disciples asks who it is Jesus replies “It is the one to whom I give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish” he then gives a piece of bread to Judas. (John 13:26) Later, at the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus had been praying Judas arrives with a mob of people carrying swords and clubs. Judas had told the chief priests that the one he kisses is Jesus, so they would know whom to arrest. Judas then approaches Jesus and greets him with a kiss on the cheek and Jesus is arrested. Judas later returns to the chief priests and confesses, “I have sinned for I have betrayed innocent blood” but the priests deny giving up Jesus. After that Judas is so mortified that he hangs himself. 
(Matthew 27:4)
The Church has a very strong view on Judas, and that is that he is a horrible human being confined in hell forever. Moving through the Gospels in the order they were written, that is Mark, Matthew, Luke and John, the image of Judas Iscariot becomes progressively negative. In Mark, no motive is given for why Judas went to see the chief priests. It wasn’t until after Judas said he was going to give them Jesus that they mentioned giving...

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